Sullivan Sessions Judge Dies, Filing Deadline Extended

Sullivan County General Sessions Court Judge William A. “Bill” Watson died Friday after an extended illness, Tri-Cities.com reports. Watson, 74, had requested medical disability two months ago in a letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. The status allowed him to keep his judgeship while undergoing rehabilitation in advance of a heart valve replacement. He had planned to return to the bench, having picked up papers to run for another term this year. Watson was elected to the bench in 1998. He earned his law degree from the YMCA School of Law in 1973. Funeral services were held today. Memorials may be made to Piney Flats First Baptist Church AWANA or the Building Fund, 100 Cherry St., Piney Flats, TN 37686. Following his death, Sullivan County Administrator of Elections Jason Booher announced that the deadline for filing to run as a Democrat for the seat has been extended until March 27.